For being a writer and and English major, I’ve never been as much of a reader as I’d like to be. I enjoy reading, but I tend to let a lot of time slip by in between books-for-pleasure. Part of the reason is because when I DO get into a book, I get so wrapped up in it that other things slip. Therefore, once I finish the book, I feel the need to take a break so that I don’t totally neglect my family, household, and other responsibilities.
In other words, I’m an all-or-nothing reader when it comes to leisure reading. It’s a habit I’d like to change.
Havarti and I have been in the habit of watching a show or two just before bed every night. We aren’t big TV watchers, really. The only show we watch that’s on right now is Parenthood (LOVE that show). But we do like the convenience and commercial-free nature of watching Scrubs on Netflix. We also own almost every season of Frasier and Gilmore Girls on DVD. So we’ve had this episode-before-bed habit for years. We’ve talked about wanting to read instead, but you know how those habits become routine, and it’s tricky to change.
Thankfully, Havarti just went on a business trip and I sent him on the plane with The Hunger Games. Ha ha. He’s totally hooked. And I just happened to have picked up the first two books of the City of Ember series at a yard sale not long ago and decided to pre-read them for The Muse. Very good books. So with us both in the middle of good book series (is series really the plural of series?), we’ve made the leisure reading before bed thing a priority.
Oh, we’ll still watch our shows, I’m sure. But we’re trying to get in the sack a little earlier so we have time for both. And I’m not sure that I’ve solved my all-or-nothing reading problem. I let BoyWonder fall asleep on me on the couch this afternoon, even though I knew it would make bedtime tonight a nightmare, because I didn’t want to put down my book. I might have to work on that one.
So Havarti’s 3/4 of the way through The Hunger Games. I finished The People of Sparks today (the second book in the Ember series) and I don’t have the next one yet. I did, however, go to the public library book sale on Sunday and picked up a grocery bag full of books for $5. His Excellency, George Washington is on top of my stack, along with The Art of Time, Three Cups of Tea, and The Old Man and the Sea. I’ve never read anything by Hemingway. It feels like I should.
Oh, and my sis-in-law informs me that I MUST get and read the Mistborn series soon so we can discuss. So many books, so little time!
The Muse is reading the Warriors series about some warrior cats. She also just finished one of the Dear America books about the Alamo for her historical fiction book club, as well as The City of Ember, so now I’m passing The People of Sparks to her. It’s nice to see her going straight from one book to another. She’s always had a high reading ability, but she often chooses to draw or write instead of read. (Hmmm . . . wonder where she gets that from.)
Dolittle is still learning to read fluently, but she’s comfortable with most of the Dr. Seuss genre now. She doesn’t read much on her own, though. She’s much more interested in playing outside and morphing into various animals. I imagine the reading bug will catch her at some point. She does love to be read to, I think she just needs that fluency thing to hit to really want to read independently.
BoyWonder loves to “read” books, and I love to watch him. Toddler reading is just the best. He makes up all kinds of stories to go along with the pictures, or quotes parts of the books we’ve read repeatedly in his sweet little 2-year-old voice.
So I’m up for recommendations, for any of us. Any “must reads” out there?